10.31.19 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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I’m always fascinated to hear stories about how people different from me grew up. The traditions and rules, comparing notes to find ways their families did things verus how my family did things makes for an interesting discussion.

Something that was never seen as odd to anyone in my family but was shocking to my friends, is that we had a TV in each of the bedrooms. I remember the wide-eyed look from friends when they saw my brother and I not only had a TV in our shared bedroom, but we also had cable. We were living the highlife.

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Ronan Farrow’s book ‘Catch and Kill’ is meticulous and devastating

By : Wire Report
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Anyone who has read Ronan Farrow’s meticulous reporting that helped amplify the #MeToo movement would have an idea what to expect his book to be like. “Catch and Kill” delivers. It offers a look behind the scenes and exhaustively documents how he came to report on the dozens of sexual harassment allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, despite myriad obstacles.

Farrow had been working on investigative reports for NBC, including a series about the “dark side” of Hollywood, and Weinstein’s name kept coming up. Within the first 80 pages of this 414-page tome, it becomes clear why this apparently open secret failed to gain traction in either law enforcement or among journalists who previously tried to report on it. As an example, the NYPD had worked with an accuser and obtained a taped confession that Weinstein groped her, and yet, the Manhattan district attorney’s office chose not to press charges. Farrow documents how various members of Weinstein’s legal team made significant campaign contributions to that same DA. Equally troubling, Farrow’s bosses, who began getting persistent phone calls from Weinstein, advise Farrow to “give it a rest” and work on other stories. Given the extensive detail Farrow provides about these interactions throughout the book, it is difficult to believe NBC’s blanket denial over Farrow’s version of events.

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Charlie Sheen to announce he is HIV-positive

By : Jeremy Williams
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Charlie Sheen will go on NBC’s Today show Nov. 17 to announce he is diagnosed with HIV, according to TMZ.

The announcement will come a day before the National Enquirer releases a story discussing Sheen’s sex life. Reports indicate that the story will accuse Sheen of contracting HIV and spreading it to dozens of women in what they call a “multi-million dollar cover-up,” TMZ reports.

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12.5.13 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshotOn Thanksgiving morning, I settled in with my coffee beside me and a dog on my lap to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Granted, it’s not something I normally do, but it’s proven to be a year of new traditions for me, so I figured, “why not.”

After fighting dreary reports and sleepy performances on CBS, I switched over to NBC and saw that the network incorporated Broadway (although obviously lip-synched) performances into the parade festivities. I caught the second half of the Motown show, stepped outside with my pups for a bit, and came back in time to hear Matt Lauer introduce a performance by the cast of the Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein musical Kinky Boots.

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